Over 100 fatalities and 150 injuries reported in Iraq wedding fire.

Tragedy struck in Iraq’s Nineveh province as more than 100 people lost their lives, with 150 others sustaining injuries during a devastating fire that engulfed a wedding party in the Hamdaniya district. The incident prompted a harrowing search for survivors within the charred remains of the building, continuing into the early hours of Wednesday.

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Nineveh Deputy Governor Hassan al-Allaq confirmed the grim toll, reporting 113 confirmed fatalities, while state media indicated at least 100 deaths along with the 150 injured. The fire consumed a spacious events hall in the northeast region after fireworks were ignited as part of the celebration, as stated by local civil defence, according to state media.

Eyewitness Imad Yohana, who managed to escape the inferno, described the horrifying scene: “We saw the fire pulsating, coming out of the hall. Those who managed got out and those who didn’t got stuck. Even those who made their way out were broken.”

Video footage captured by a Reuters correspondent on-site portrayed firefighters navigating the charred wreckage of the building, using their lights to probe the smoldering ruins. Preliminary information indicated that the structure was constructed with highly flammable materials, contributing to its swift collapse, as reported by state media.

In response to the tragedy, federal Iraqi authorities and Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region dispatched ambulances and medical teams to the scene, as outlined in official statements. Eyewitnesses noted that the fire erupted around 10:45 p.m. local time (1945 GMT), with hundreds of attendees present at the time of the incident, marking a devastating and heart-wrenching event.

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